Kolkata, Jun 14: The current impasse between the striking medics and the Mamata Banerjee led TMC government further deepened as 175 doctors of SSKM hospital today quit en-mass, taking the figure to more than 300 across Bengal, while reports of thousands OPD patients returning home without treatment poured in through the day.
Earlier in the day, as many as 95 senior doctors of government run RG Kar Medical College and Hospital signed a joint resignation letter demanding an unconditional apology from chief minister Mamata Banerjee for her remark at the SSKM hospital on Thursday in connection with the ongoing standoff.
Meanwhile, the doctors at NRS, where the movement began on early Tuesday, few hours after junior doctor Paribaha Mukherjee's skull was fractured in the midst of a scuffle between an irate patient party and junior doctors, issued a release demanding CM's visit to the hospital and an unconditional apology for her statement along with withdrawal of charge sheet against 21 junior doctors and written assurance of security for the working doctors in the government hospitals.
"She (CM) must visit and meet the striking doctors at NRS, she must withdraw her comment she made at SSKM hospital and visit the injured doctor admitted to a private hospital or else we will not end the cease work,"the striking doctors read out a release.
The chief minister at SSKM Hospital had ordered the striking doctors to get back to their duty by four hours (deadline ended at 2 PM on Thursday) or face ESMA and eviction from hostels.
Reports of government doctors leaving job came from city's various hospitals, including National Medical College and Hospital, North Bengal Medical College and Hospital, Sagar Dutta Memorial hospital and other district hospitals. The health system in West Bengal has virtually collapsed in all the government run OPDs since Tuesday, following strike by the junior doctors at NRS Hospital first, and thereafter by other government hospitals.
Meanwhile, Doctors Forum, an umbrella organisation expressing solidarity with their juniors, joined a protest march in the city today, against the assault and alleged government inaction to punish their perpetrators.Intellectuals and artists like Aparna Sen, Kaushik Sen and others joined the students at the NRS and appealed to the CM to visit the hospital at Sealdah. (UNI)